Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | 2000
Transcription first and foremost literary influences was the poetry of Lord Byron.2 Simms's close
friendship with James Wright Simmons in his apprentice years as co-editor with
Simmons, of the Charleston Southern Literary Ga ette (September 1828 - November
1829), makes it an even more likely surmise that Simms would have been interested
in meeting Trelawny. Co-editor Simmons had personally known Leigh Hunt and
members of Byron's circle some years earlier during his stay in London.3 Simmons
had even written An Inquiry Into the Moral ('haracter of Lord Byron (New York,
1824), in which he defended the English poet from his detractors. Might Trelawny not
have come to Charleston as James Wright Simmons) guest? If so, Simms's
involvement would demonstrate ties to the most current European Romanticism in yet
another small but significant way. At the least, the presence of Trelawny among
members of Simms's literary society in Charleston, provides evidence of that society's
closeness to the literary world across the Atlantic.

2 James Hoge, "Byron's Influences on the Poetry of William Gilmore Simms," Essays in
Literature, 2 (Spring 1975). 87-96.
3 See James E. Kibler, The Poetry of William Gilmore Simms: An Introduction and Bibliography
(Columbia, S.C.: Southern Studies, 1979), pp. 15-16.